published Sunday, December 11th, 2011

Two arrested after shooting on Signal Mountain in Hamilton County

Two people were arrested in Hamilton County after officers investigated a shots fired call this morning, authorities said.

Willy Cunningham and Dustin Frisbee were charged with attempted first-degree murder while involved in a drug transaction, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Janice Atkinson said in a news release.

The investigation found that Cunningham and Frisbee both fired shots during a drug deal about 8:15 a.m. at 2219 Standing Rock Road in Signal Mountain. Officers found drugs on the property and a methamphetamine lab in the woods, Atkinson said.

Deputies found Frisbee with a semi-automatic handgun. Cunningham suffered minor injuries, Atkinson said.

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01centare said...

shots fired during a drug transaction on signal mountain?! Naw!! Say it ain't so joe! Maybe y'all need to have some of those crime suppressions in the county and on the mountaintops.

December 11, 2011 at 8:27 p.m.
chattcitizen said...

i thought signal mountain was drug free..... aw man i still have the t-shirt.

December 12, 2011 at 9:16 a.m.
Salsa said...

The Chattanooga gangs are not going to like folks from the county moving in on their headlines. I guess they will need to double up on their shootings now.

December 12, 2011 at 11:04 a.m.
ashbec89 said...

I really love how the news / police blow everything out of proportion, and the news misinterprets the police and spreads false information. Also, I would like to know how Cunningham is facing charges of attempted first degree murder when HE is the one with the bullet scrape across his face, bullet hole in his hand and also in his jeans. Thankfully, Frisbee is a really bad shot and Cunningham is only hurt a little. Cunningham is a war veteran, people should really be thankful for his service. Frisbee is the one who is making this seem like a drug deal. Cunningham's record is clean. This is more of a misdemeanor/attempted murder on Frisbee's behalf. Frisbee had no business on the Mtn.

December 12, 2011 at 12:27 p.m.
ctfpfan08 said...

ashbec89, normally the police charge both parties with the most extreme charges until they sort it all out. I'm glad Cunningham is ok. Are you saying he had nothing to do with the drugs and meth lab in the woods? I wonder then why this shoot-out happened. On another note, his Veteran status and service are not in question here. Those are separate issues. We can be thankful for a Veteran's service and also displeased with his/her current actions. Past military service doesn't give a Veteran continuous immunity from breaking the law.

December 12, 2011 at 12:43 p.m.
ashbec89 said...

That doesn't mean the news should misinterpret the police report and give false information to the public. No, Cunningham has nothing to do with the drugs found on property and the meth lab found off property. I would bet my life on it. Remember, Frisbee has prior drug charges and a lengthy criminal background. The drugs found on property (and off-- as the meth lab) are obviously in relation to him and not Cunningham, or not related to this case at all. This article is perfect proof why one should not believe everything they hear from the news. Cunningham is no criminal and he was only in the wrong place at the wrong time, having gotten in the way of Frisbee's aggression and hatred.

December 12, 2011 at 1:59 p.m.

How in the world do criminals get guns? We have laws that should prevent this from happening don't we? /sarcasm

December 12, 2011 at 2:20 p.m.
amandabuchanan said...

Please use the ages when reporting because there is another "Willie Cunningham" on Signal Mountain who operates his business under that name and is a very respected member of the community.

December 12, 2011 at 3:29 p.m.
Haiku said...


The news is only reporting what the police fed to them. If the situation was blown out of proportion it began with what police fed to the media. I agree with ctfpfan08. Ones military service doesn't allow them to get away with committing crimes. The two have no relations unless Cunningham was dealing with drugs while in uniform.

December 12, 2011 at 6:39 p.m.
Momus said...

Gangs and drugs are ruining our communities. Theses thugs are animals!

December 12, 2011 at 7:01 p.m.
ashbec89 said...

@flyingpurplesheepleeater: In accordance to TN law, one has the right to be armed on their own property, gun permit or not. I am unsure how Frisbee, with a past lengthy criminal background dating from 2003 got his hands on a gun. That said, Willy D. Cunningham is NOT a criminal.

@ Haiku: of course the news has the right to report what the police has told them. However, news sources DO NOT have ANY right to only publish PORTIONS of stories that essentially LIE to the public! And if the police department representative (Atkins in this place) blew the situation out of the proportion, it is the MEDIA's PROFESSIONAL responsibility to READ SAID POLICE REPORTS to make sure they broadcast the TRUTH. Or perhaps speak to the actual detectives on the scenes that know the TRUTH of the matter. Otherwise they FAIL to do their JOB in a civilized manner!

@Momus: you know nothing about them you have NO right to conclude anyone of being an "animal" if you do not know the whole story as I can detest what has been published is lies and unjust.

December 12, 2011 at 8:06 p.m.
Lr103 said...

ashbec89, you seem to be taking all this pretty personal. Are you one of the two accused{Cunningham, perhaps? Or a relative? Friend?

As for Cunningham being a veteran. Care to explain why you felt the need to mention that? Are you saying because he served his country he shouldn't be held accountable or to the same standards as the average citizen? 4 soldiers from Fort Stewart were recently charged with murdering a fellow 19 year old soldier and his 17 year old girlfriend. Shot'em in the head and dumped them in a river in southest Georgia. The bodies were found by fishermen. They're being held without bond. Are you saying because they're soldiers who've served their country they should be given some slack on the murder charge of two people? Just ignore the fact that two lives were brutally taken away because the accused are soldiers?


ATLANTA — Four soldiers were charged in the shooting deaths of a former service member and his teenage girlfriend whose bodies were discovered by fishermen in southeast Georgia.

The active-duty soldiers were denied bond Monday in a Long County court. Pvt. Christopher Salmon and Sgt. Anthony Peden, both 25, face malice murder charges. Pvt. Isaac Aguigui, 19, and Pfc. Michael Burnett, 26, are charged with being a party to murder.

The men were arrested on Saturday, four days after fishermen found the bodies of Michael Roark, 19, and Tiffany York, 17, near a rural road. Authorities would not say what led them to the four suspects, but they said they all knew Roark.

“They were friends, if you could call it that,” said Capt. Nickey Anderson of the Long County Sheriff’s Office.

Army Pfc. Michael Burnett, right, and Pvt. Christopher Salmon are led away in handcuffs after appearing before a magistrate judge at the Long County Sheriff’s Office on Dec. 12.

December 12, 2011 at 8:46 p.m.
ashbec89 said...

Lr103: I will take anything personally in regards to ANYONE that is walked over and done wrongly. I am not being biased, what I am saying is what is broadcasted on the news and is not the truth. Not to mention there are two Willy Cinninghams, and that ALL news sources have failed to specify which one, causing a lot of confusion. The Hamilton County Sherifs Department is making themselves look like some big heros when they have done nothing. They did NOT bust some big drug deal. There is no proof for this being a drug deal. They did not brilliantly put out one of the many meth labs currently in Hamilton County. There wasn't even authorities called to put out this apparent meth lab.

I bet money on Atkins only having talked to a policeman that was only mildly on the scene of the accident, and the news spokespeople not really paying attention to the details. What is wrong with this situation is that there is false information that is being spread. How about looking at the FACTS.

I am not saying that just because someone served in war means that they are permitted to commit crimes, you are incredibly misinterpreting what I am saying. Please read more carefully next time, thank you.

There is no information or evidence to lead to a conclusion that Cunningham, in any way shape or form attempted murder on Frisbee. Look at the evidence -- Who was in possession of a handgun? Who is the one that is the victim with numerous shots? Who was the one that does not have a SCRATCH?

Yeah, Go ahead and continue to believe barbaric biased news sources if you like. That is your human right. But being ignorant is not a human right.

December 12, 2011 at 9:27 p.m.
Momus said...

@Momus: you know nothing about them you have NO right to conclude anyone of being an "animal" if you do not know the whole story as I can detest what has been published is lies and unjust.

ashbec- Thank you for making my point! All to often when this sort of violence happens in the inner-city, it's gangs and drugs and the offenders are animals. But when it happens on Signal Mtn., " know nothing about them you have NO right to conclude..."

Fair and Balanced.

December 12, 2011 at 9:34 p.m.
ashbec89 said...

Momus: No, I am sorry, you really do not know and it is not fair to make such speculations. Making such speculations for inner city folks is also unfair. No one said that. I only ask people to be open minded and unbiased whenever drawing conclusions, instead of being ignorant.

December 12, 2011 at 11:26 p.m.
67melissamb said...

I live on Signal Mountain. I had never heard of Standing Rock Rd. I had to end up "GOOGLING" it! No WONDER I had never heard of it! LOL

December 13, 2011 at 1:39 p.m.
Jess518 said...

LOL ah heck I know this Mandy character, she is nuttin' but a crack whore herself, no wonder why the Cunninghams no longer associate with her. Last I heard she was infected with hiv AND hepatitis c. her and her family are nuttin but a buncha scum bags with no hygiene.

I'm sure that dewayne will get out of this on Friday. Frisbee will be behind the bars for awhile after this. And Hamilton County Sherriffs department will be sued for telling the news such lies and arresting Cunningham for unreasonable causes.

All charges of the weed citation (not a criminal offense in the state of tn, btw) have been dropped and proven as falsified., as well as the DUI charge. He got out of the army to take care of his family and cause he was sufferin from ptsd.

The family has owned the property for over a hundred years and they have been on the mtn longer than anyone else. They are the old timers of the mtn and have been a part of the community for YEARS.

UP YOURS. Go back to your job of cookin crack.

December 13, 2011 at 2:17 p.m.
mtp965 said...

Cunningham has prior charges, also the ashbec89 is most likely his sister becca smartpig on his facebook page He is known for being a drug dealer that carries weapons. I say they are both guilty. This Jess518 is also a link to his page and i think it was his children's mother most likely. Mandy and Lr103 are right. It's a shame people like this give our service men a bad name. Maybe there should be more counseling for soldiers coming back from the war.

December 13, 2011 at 5:49 p.m.
Jess518 said...

LOL why would an ex wife defend him?

Youve gotta love that people go to facebook to "investigate" peoples private lives that they dont have any business doing. I reckon they need a job since they aint got anything else to do.

You don't know schiss.

The sister doesnt even HAVE facebook or any kind of social networking.

Cunningham doesn't give anyone a bad name, there is a lot of false speculations here. He has NO form of a criminal record. You are a LIAR that is filled with nothing but rumors.

go collect your food stamps

December 13, 2011 at 6:34 p.m.
mtp965 said...

@jess518, work ended at 4pm for me. The only one in this scenario that needs a job is the dope dealer. The ex wife gains profit from his child support so why wouldn't she defend him. Don't know them personally but according to the hamilton county police department there has been numerous complaints. Public knowledge is there for people who don't want drug dealers in their community. The sister erased their facebook page because of the publicity. by the way how would you know that? are you his ex or relative? I guess this is a lesson for people who live on signal mountain, just because their friend has money and are friends with local attorneys doesn't mean they should get away with it. Also read the law in state and federal laws possession of marijuana is illegal otherwise a state citation could not be issued. And Facts are not lies and your opinions are biased.

December 13, 2011 at 7:05 p.m.
ashbec89 said...

mtp964: You obviously know the story really well, don't you? heh. Since you do not know them, the smart and most intelligent thing to do would be to stop making ignorant speculations...or??

The children have joint custody and there is no child support involved, so no there is no way jess518 is the ex wife. Even then, its none of your business.

I am sorry, but you are being irrelevant . This is not about marijuana but about someone being accused unlawfully. The substance found on property hasn't even been tested by the detectives, for all they know its not even a drug at all.

What "facts" you know are NOT facts and merely hearsay. There are no dope dealers except maybe Dustin Frisbee.

I have read the law, you obviously have not. Have you read the police report or are you only listening to the liar of news media we have? How about doing your research instead of stalking people on facebook?

We will know more on Friday.

And please... mind your own business.

December 13, 2011 at 8:30 p.m.
mtp965 said...

Let's not be biased, look at both of the criminal's backgrounds. Looks like you are trying to defend your brother by telling everyone to look at Dustin Frisbee. They are both guilty, make them clean up their lives. It is public knowledge for the community because it is hazardous to the air/wildlife and the community has a right to protect their children from things and people such as this.

December 13, 2011 at 8:48 p.m.
Momus said...


December 13, 2011 at 9:28 p.m.
ashbec89 said...

My personal identity is none of your business so I would appreciate it if you would quit assuming I am a sibling.

Willy Cunningham has no criminal background. Have you even bothered to ask or do actual research? or have you only found biased articles such as this one? At least The Chattanoogan included in their article the lengthy criminal background Dustin Frisbee has:

The second man involved was identified as Dustin Frisbee. When Frisbee was located by deputies he was armed with a 357 semi-automatic handgun. Frisbee was shot himself in 2006 when he was involved in an altercation with another man. In 2007, he was involved in another shootout. When police went to arrest him in Red Bank, the SWAT Team had to be called in Frisbee was finally arrested after he held out for seven hours. He has a lengthy criminal record dating back to 2003.

If you knew anything at all about the law, you would know that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Cunningham is innocent. The news media has left out so many facts out of their articles its not even funny. The articles were published before an actual police report was documented, what does that tell you?

The Hamilton County Police Department has only made speculations. What has been in the press is merely speculations. Speculations cannot be assumed as factual. You taking these articles and assuming both articles makes you a very ignorant and unprofessional person. I am sorry, but you do not KNOW anything regarding this case other than speculations and and what you can gather from facebook stalking.

December 13, 2011 at 9:37 p.m.
lawabingcitizen said...

I refuse to lower myself to the level of some people such as Mandy Gray, daughter of "Gray Dog",whom is a known weed smoker and has been seen coming out of a porta potty at work brandishing pot paraphernalia. I refuse to make slanderous remarks about the people involved and only speak of true eyewitness accounts of what has happened. I however, wish to keep my identity private due to the fact that Dustin Frisbee has an extensive criminal record dating as far back as 2003. I am in fear of said Frisbee and his thug friends. I am a close friend of the Cunningham family and have been since the mid 1980's. In fact, the Cunninghams/Laymons are fine outstanding law abiding citizens. Signal Mountain should be honored to have such a family reside there. Now to the facts; Frisbee was a contract laborer of Willy L. Cunningham until he was no longer used on jobs. Willy D. Cunningham was a victim of Frisbee early on Saturday afternoon when he held young Cunningham at gun point. $40 dollars was stolen from Cunningham. Willy D. recognized Frisbee because he had worked for his father Willy L. Cunningham. Frisbee knew where the Cunninghams reside. Frisbee continued to make threats to young Cunningham again during the late evening hours of Saturday and early Sunday morning.(cont.)

December 13, 2011 at 11:22 p.m.
lawabingcitizen said...

Tennessee is a Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground State.( Young Cunningham is not a convicted felon. Nor has he ever been a charged with a felony. Nor does Cunningham own a handgun. The only time Cunningham has been known to have a firearm is when has been hiking on family property or tracking wild life on family property. He joined the military during war time and spent 3 three tours of duty on the front lines working closely with special forces. He was attained an honorable discharge from the United States Army. Fact, if he had fired a shot at Frisbee, Frisbee would be a dean man. Young Cunningham is a known marksman. Now onto false statements made by either the media or The Hamilton County Sheriff Department, spokes person Janice Atkins, whom is a former employee of the Chattanooga City Police Department. There was not a Meth Lab discovered in the woods near the crime seen by the Sheriff's Department. Young Cunningham volunteered this information to Deputies investigating the crime seen. Cunningham had discovered a suspicious back pack while hiking on family property on Friday and felt alarm for his neighboring relatives. It is a known fact that Willy D. Cunningham reported this to several family members in hopes they would be aware of what he discovered and of their surroundings in case they too were hiking on their property and run across illegal activity. The only "drugs" found at the crime scene was a small packet of white powder which the Sheriff's department failed to field test. At this point a slanderous/defamation of character statement was released by the Sheriff's department. To this day we don't know if the packet contains household flour, baking soda, or anthrax for that matter. None the less the packet of white powder was thrown down by Dustin Frisbee prior to firing multiple shots at Dewayne Cunningham. It is also apparent that Dewayne Cunningham and a witness were held pumped for information against their will and without being informed that they could possibly need an attorney present during questioning. After information was given to the authorities. Afterwards Dewayne Cunningham was taken into custody. We should all learn a lesson by this incident. Caution should be taken when talking to police. And do not believe everything we hear aired on the news. Thanks for reading and remember to stick to the facts, research information, and unless you know what you are talking about then keep to facebook and other social networks where you can discuss you relationship problems and your baby bumps among friends.

December 13, 2011 at 11:23 p.m.
sigmtn65 said...

I checked the facts and here is one arrest record for Willy Cunningham and it wasn't found by facebook stalking.....

Latest County Jail Booking Reports posted May 2, 2010


Both "men" have criminal backgrounds. It doesn't matter how long a family has lived in an area, if they are participating in illegal activities then they must be removed and punished to the extent of the law. If anything, Cunningham should be ashamed of how he disgraced his family and neighbors. Court documents are factual & professional. Intelligent law abiding citizens must use these public documents to protect their families from the filth that pollutes communities and has potential to harm innocent bystanders

December 13, 2011 at 11:27 p.m.
lawabingcitizen said...

@sigmtn65 This was a misdemeanor charge. Again he is not a convicted felon. Here is one for you. This is a witness involved on behalf of Frisbee.

SIVLEY, FARRYN BROOKE Age at Arrest: 21 Date of Birth: 05/27/1989 Arresting Agency: Hamilton County

Last Date of Arrest: 07/22/2010 Booked for Previous Charges or Other Reason(s)

December 13, 2011 at 11:38 p.m.
ashbec89 said...

lawabingcitizen: you said it!

sigmtn65: if you had done enough research you would know those charges were dropped and the possession of marijuana is not a felon but a misdemeanor like lawabingcitizen said.

You have not looked into the court documents, you have no right to make any kind of assumptions. A simple google search is not research.

December 13, 2011 at 11:48 p.m.
lawabingcitizen said...

@ashbec89. You are correct. @mtp965. It's apparent you could possibly be a facebook stalker knowing that young Cunningham's sister's name on facebook was becca smart pig. Additionally being familiar with the family and the community. My intuition is telling me that you could be the TP or associated with the TP living opposite Sitton Construction. If my feelings are correct then possible you should be thankful that young Cunningham put a stop to the meth components that he found in the woods so that your children didn't become a victim of a violent crime if perhaps they had walked upon such illegal activity. @sigmtn65. You obviously sound like a faithful reader of JUST BUSTED with you quote of the misdemeanor citation. Should we also investigate people that is addicted to speeding while driving vehicles or people cited for using their cellphones while driving? Additionally looking at residents living in the community that have excessive traffic citations? Maybe the elderly within the community with multiple accidents should be targeted resulting in suspending their license to operate a motor vehicle? For God knows such people could hit a child while riding a bike or walking to the school but stop. Lets not forget if you aren't happy with the people in your communities you have the right to move. I however haven't found a perfect heavenly community with street paved with gold. Where my family and I can reside in perfect harmony. Point is young Cunningham as well as all relatives living in that community have been quick to assist a neighbor in need. Also displaying such characteristic as peaceful, big hearted, kind natured, intelligent, and well educated. Young Cunningham has always been eager to help neighbors in need. Never turning down a hand shake of friendship. Lets all remember this was a violent crime. And I pray no one blogging here, whether negative or positive, has some one drive into your driveway, get out of the vehicle brandishing a weapon. And because you once committed a misdemeanor, or sped, or had multiple parking tickets,or failed to pay your auto insurance which are all illegal in the state of Tennessee that you would not permitted to protect yourself. I had and uncle that was killed by someone during a home invasion. Never judge until you have walked in a victims shoes.

December 14, 2011 at 3:01 a.m.
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